Full disclosure: As a long-time resident of and motorcycle rider in Southern Wisconsin, I admit to having a strong bias in its favor as some of the best motorcycling territory in the world. Or, at least darn close. Barbara Barber does a superb job proving my point in her book, Weekend Rides upon Two Tires: Motorcycling in Southern Wisconsin (2nd ed. ). Anyone considering touring the upper Midwest, or riders who live in the particular general area—say the surrounding 10 states—should find Barber’s book very handy within several ways:
- Its physical size makes it easy to stow in the saddle bag, tank handbag, tail bag, or top box. It can even be tucked inside your riding jacket. At six-by-nine inches plus only a half-inch thick, it is very portable.
- Sunday Rides on Two Wheels will be well-organized and easy to use. Touring highlights, facts, figures, and twenty route maps are put together inside five general regions, making it easy in order to plot where you want to go from where you are. In addition , each route map is usually accompanied by a complete, road-by-road path description that includes the miles traveled on each road.
- Barber’s book is well-written and well-edited, assuring clarity in the travel directions for riders unfamiliar with The southern area of Wisconsin. Background information is definitely excellent in helping the user decide on attractions and sights to see, accommodations, historical insights, and more. There is even a helpful list of motorcycle dealers and parts-and-service outlets in the back of the book.
- Barber’s guide for motorcycle touring in Southern Wisconsin has 74 images to give you an idea of what to look for and what you might want to make plans to find out. They are great images, but they would have been far better inside color—something to consider for the 3rd Edition.
Another thing in order to contemplate can be a revival of the particular spiral binding available for the 1st edition. That allows the guide to be opened to the map the user needs. Sunday Trips on 2 Wheels: Motorcycling in Southern Wisconsin could be wound completely around, leaving the particular book open to the desired map. Then, it could be slipped entirely into the clear map viewing pocket found on many tank bags. As all the maps are sized to cover two adjacent pages to facilitate readability, the consumer would have to stop to flip the book when moving to the particular part of the route on the adjoining page. However, that would be easier with spiral binding than it is with standard binding. That configuration would also allow the guide to lay open and flat, making use for trip planning a little easier. Living in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway , as We do, I actually have had the opportunity to ride many associated with the roads in the routes Barber describes. In Sunday Rides on Two Wheels: Motorcycling in The southern part of Wisconsin, Barber nails this in picking great highways to trip and places to see. What’s more, the girl routes suggest some streets I haven’t seen yet, but I plan to along with the help and inspiration of her excellent book. Sunday Trips on 2 Wheels: Motorcycling in The southern area of Wisconsin (2nd ed. ) Fast Facts
- Author: Barbara Barber
- Size: 69 six-by-nine-inch pages, paperback
- Illustrations: 74 black-and-white images; 20 route maps
- Published: 2009 simply by University of Wisconsin Press
- ISBN: 978-0-299-23024-1
- Sunday Rides on Two Wheels: Motorcycling in Southern Wisconsin (2nd ed. ) Price: $20 (Kindle: $10)